Some Helpful Tips and Rules for Parents

  • Some skills are essential or pre-requisite for learning further skills such as toileting, self help skills, attending skills etc. Make sure these skills are taught so they can lead an independent living.
  • Have clear expectations. Convey it to students explicitly with pictures, words, sign or any other mode the child will understand.
  • Create opportunities to encourage child centred communication.
  • Have a structured time at home too. Follow the schedule, intermittently changing the activities to teach flexibility.
  • Allow down time or leisure time. Teach them leisure activities.
  • Make sure the leisure activities are timed as our children tend to go over board sometimes. EX: TV time, computer time etc.
  • The student learns better from Hands on experience or natural environmental teaching. Take them out. Engage with them. Have fun. Have a bond and interact with them at any given opportunity.
  • Break teaching in to small components. One step at a time. Praise and encourage for small achievements. Positive reinforcement works best.
  • Use specific words to give instruction. Too many words will confuse the child.
  • Analyze what you are targeting to teach is a realistic, functional skill.
  • Notice the progress and note it down regularly. You will be amazed to see the small steady progress your child is making.
  • If you think the child has not progressed, change strategies, teaching methodology to accommodate the child to learn.
  • Try errorless teaching. What is it?   It is guaranteeing that my child does not fail at a given task by helping him along until my help is no longer necessary. It is about providing prompts.
  • Fade prompts. What is it?  As my child shows that he is beginning to understand what is expected of him, I need to slowly reduce the help I’ve been giving.
  • Consistency is the key to success. Never give up. We all together can bring in progress.

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